Meeting the Needs of Evacuees

By: Brianne Carter
By: Brianne Carter

It was neighbors helping neighbors Saturday as the Staunton Community of Churches and the Booker T. Washington Alumni teamed up with service organizations to aid the victims of hurricane Katrina.

All in effort to make sure those that are now calling the Valley home, have all their needs met.

Organizations like the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Social Services were all their to help those looking for a new place to start.

"I don't know where god is going to lead me but right now I am here," says former New Orleans resident, Marion Young.

Young is here now after escaping the wrath of hurricane katrina, leaving one home and returning to another.

"It will feel like home cause I grew up here and I always love home and one thing I get joy of is the mountains, I love the mountains."

She has been back in Staunton a little over two months and though she misses the life she once had, she is learning to deal with hand she has been dealt.
"I'm here and I've realized that everyone has a journey in life and where we are is a part of our journey, and we have to make the best of where we are," stated Young.

She says she can replace the material things she has lost but some things are just irreplaceable.

"It is so hard to think about the people that you will never see again."


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